On the balance of possession Ashford were unlucky to sustain a 0-1 defeat at Marlow on Tuesday evening.

The match was effectively won by the home side by a whirlwind start, during which they forced a number of early corners and from one of them Ashford conceded to go one down within two minutes of the kick-off.  Inevitably the match evened up but real opportunities for either side were at a premium.  Kam English in particular looked dangerous at times but the final ball against a ruggedly efficient Marlow defence was just not quite there.

The second half saw Max Webb off the field with a knock and Mark Bitmead also had to be substituted soon afterwards.  Hopefully both will be OK for the weekend.  Harry Herdman and Max Herbert were their capable deputies and the longer the match wore on, the greater possession Ashford enjoyed but the goal would not come as Marlow continued to defend capably.  There was any amount of time wasting but Ashford’s main chance came when Bailey Mummery appeared to be blatantly tripped in the penalty area but the appeals were waived away.  You sometimes wonder just what officials think they see, this being a raw subject for Ashford at the moment following the huge refereeing howler at Farnborough.

Ashford piled more and more men forward at the end leaving them vulnerable to the counter attack but Marlow stood solid and a match that had one or two unpleasant overtones ended with some handbags that threatened to overspill.

This has been a frustrating period for the Tangerines recently with big decisions going against them, not helped by the fixture list which has seen us playing away to the top three clubs in succession.  That sequence rather continues on Saturday when we visit 5th placed Kempston Rovers for the first time ever.  More on that one later in the week.